Differentiated Instruction in your Spanish classes, City & Housing Unit: Around Town

Have you applied Differentiated Instruction lessons in your classes yet?  Differentiated Instruction is a great solution to teach the multiple levels of understanding that take place within each mix of students you have throughout the day.

One way to add Differentiated Instruction to your Spanish lessons is to set up “Stations” for a particular topic or unit and allow students to work through the activities at their own pace.

In an effort to add student options and help them learn responsibility for their own learning, I’ve created several units that can be used as Differentiated Instruction Stations.

How do Stations work?

Stations are physical learning locations set up in your classroom.  Each location focuses on a specific area (or modality) of learning.

Classroom Set up:
· Choose locations around the classroom to place each learning station. 
· Choose 1 teaching table.  This is where you will sit, students will know they can approach you for individual instruction (any questions they might have) when you’re at this table.  Students can also approach you here to check off their work so they can move on to the next task.
· Group leftover desks in clusters around the classroom.  Students will be able to go to any cluster to do their work.

Spanish Class Differentiated Instruction

Students are given a checklist of activities that they are required to do and move from station to station to complete each task.  Why does this work so well??  Because students can take charge of their own learning!

Here’s what one teacher had to say about the “Around Town Differentiated Instruction Packet:”

“So many great activities to choose from! I love the flexibility of using these for stations, classwork, homework, etc. Nicely done! ”

The Stations for the Around Town packet are divided into 4 stations:

1.  Vocabulario – students learn the new vocabulary and do a variety of practice activities to familiarize themselves with their new city/town words and to help them memorize the new vocabulary.

Vocabulary List
Spelling Practice
Spelling and Sentence Structure
¡Adivina Que! ¿Quién es?
Vocabulary Flashcards and Activities
Vocabulary Practice worksheet
Mi Ciudad questions worksheet

1.  Preposiciones – students practice with prepositions.  There are even 2 free PowerPoint presentations included in this section of the packet!

Vocabulary List
Communicative Activity—Giving Directions
Firma, Por Favor (Another Communicative Activity!  Whole class or partner pairs!)
Una Entrevista
Vocabulary Crossword
 3.  Reading & Comprehension – students practice their understanding by reading several texts and answering questions about what they have read.  Students also can print off a map of their own city and practice giving real life instructions!
Reading Activity 1, Following Directions
Reading Activity 2, Answering Questions about mi ciudad
Writing Activity, Option 1– Students’ own city, giving instructions
Writing Activity, Option 2– Giving instructions in a Spanish town
4.  Project Based Assessment – students choose a project to demonstrate their understanding of what they have learned.
El Secreto de mi Tesoro—Pirate City Map Project
La Joya de la Ciudad—City Planner Project
Un Recorrido con Godzila—Godzilla’s Invasion Rehearsal
Una Fiesta—Party Invitation with Directions

I’m so pleased that teachers across the U.S. are enjoying these Stations activities and letting me know!

Here’s what another teacher had to say about this packet:

“Very high quality visuals – I love the station strategy for differentiating. I am just starting to use this – and as far as I can tell now – this bundle will be one that I return to each quarter. Thank you! ”

And just one more.  😉


I hope you’ll head over to my TeachersPayTeachers store and take a look for yourself!  Make sure to check out the free preview and take a look at everything included in this Stations packet.  And if you do purchase and use this packet, I would LOVE to know how the activities worked out for you with your students!!


Caperucita Roja, Little Red Riding Hood reading comprehension practice Spanish lesson

Looking for new resources for Reading Comprehension lessons for your Spanish 1 students?

One fun way is to use well-known children’s stories.  Little Red Riding Hood, or Caperucita Roja is a story that all of my students are familiar with, so I created a reading comprehension lesson with a twist….

All of the characters are the same: Caperucita Roja, La Abuelita, El Lobo.  And the storyline is basically the same:  Little Red is still going to visit her Grandma and meet The Wolf in the woods.
BUT, there are a few twists to the story: Little Red isn’t scared of anything, her father works at a zoo, so she knows a thing or two about animals, it’s Grandma’s birthday (she’s not a sick, elderly kind of grandma), and Little Red actually saves the Wolf!

The twist in the story is thrown in specifically to make sure your students are reading and comprehending the story.  The story is 2 pages long, with some tricky words translated at the bottom of each page (to help your students read more smoothly, you may want your kids to use  Spanish/English dictionaries too).  Then there is 1 page of reading comprehension questions.

Lots of cognates are thrown to help along the way.  It’s a fun reading!  And students gain confidence in their abilities when they realize how much they can understand.

There is also a page of instructions for a cartoon-retelling project of the story your students have just read.  🙂  This is also an awesome activity to have on hand for emergency substitute plans.  The lesson could also be used for beginner Spanish 2 students.